SA celebrates Women’s Day

2014-08-09 09:38

A number of Women’s Day celebrations are expected to take place across the country today in commemoration of the national public holiday.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura is to lead a march to the Union Buildings from Lilian Ngoyi Square in Pretoria.

On this day in 1956, around 20 000 women participated in a national march to protest against pass law legislation, which required non-white South Africans to carry a document on them to prove that they were allowed to enter “white areas”.

Women of all races and ages from all corners of the country marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

The march was organised by the Federation of South African Women (Fedsaw) and led by Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Sophy Williams and Lilian Ngoyi.

President Jacob Zuma is to celebrate the day at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, Durban.

DA leader Helen Zille is expected to lead a child maintenance march in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is due to speak at a celebration in Majwe Masweu in Brandfort, Free State.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is set to speak at a celebration at the Meropa Casino in Polokwane, Limpopo.

National Freedom Party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi is expected to speak at a celebration in Ermelo, Mpumalanga.

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